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Little and Large - a redshank adventure

By accipiter  
Have been away for a short while but went down to Ham Wall a few days ago to get some shots of Pochard, as I have very few in my archive.
The nature conservation people have built several small wooden floating platforms on one of the small lakes quite near a hide for birds to rest on and they are well used.
Soon after setting up I heard the fluting of a Redshank and was surprised to see only a single bird drop down (V1) and fly around inspecting the platforms.
An empty one was refused (V2) as too exposed.
Sharing with a Coot (V3) was not a good idea - Coots are grumpy!
The platform with a gull (V4)was turned down - considered to be scavenging yobs, no doubt.
He chose a platform with a swan and asked his permission very nicely and the swan bowed deeply in agreement (V5). They had a good scratch together (V6) and then had quite a long chat for about an hour (V7). Mostly, I am told, about the appalling problems of the NHS and other public services.
A passing Mallard popped in and joined the discussion and shortly after that they all composed themselves for a nap (V8).
I enjoyed this series of interactions very much and hope you like them too.
Oh! I got several shots of pochard and other species as well. (V9).
These are not composites.
Have a good weekend. A

Tags: Wildlife and nature Ham Wall RedshankCootPochard Gulls Swan

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User_Removed 6 48 1 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 12:40PM
Super set of images.
Alf.

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CarolG Plus
9 192 18 Greece
14 Apr 2012 1:04PM
A great set, Arthur, and some fine reflections, too. Carol
andylea 7 37 1 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 1:05PM
wonderful set of captures brilliant detail and colours v1 for me today love the reflections a belter nice one Wink
andy
Glostopcat Plus
9 255 2 England
14 Apr 2012 1:07PM
An excellent and varied set of images of waterfowl and waders, I particularly like versions 1, 7, 8 and 9. I'm surprised you didn't bump into the Big O, epzer Ade Osman on your travels, this is one of his favourite stomping grounds and he's hard to miss pushing a fishing trolley and clad in full combat gear!Wink
gary_d Plus
8 576 13 Wales
14 Apr 2012 1:21PM
V1 is the pick of a great series and I like V7 too. - gary
14 Apr 2012 1:22PM
A great set of images. Especially like the ones with the swan and the little bird............Sandy
14 Apr 2012 2:51PM
A great set esp V 5,6,7.
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 3:09PM
Love your narrative - it would make a great illustrated story SmileSmile
Helen
Ade_Osman 12 4.5k 36 England
14 Apr 2012 3:43PM
Hark at Ed, he's a sod isn't he, he makes it sound like I'm off to battle in my camo gear Tongue We were down there on Thursday as it happened and saw a nice Blue Winged Teal while we were there and had a very close fly past by the Bittern which pleased the wife no end. As for me, well I was too busy rooting around in the undergrowth trying to find macro subjects rather than worrying about the birds Wink

Great series here mate, though the clincher has to be the last image, great timing shown in that......

Ade
EAS Plus
6 1 13 Scotland
14 Apr 2012 3:45PM
A tale to raise a smile here! How tiny your little Redshank is when seen with the other two companions. A glorious and beautifully capture set.

Ann
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
14 Apr 2012 4:29PM
A fine set of images, Arthur, many with some good reflections and in-flight captures. Glad you managed to capture the Pochard at V 9, a duck which I have never seen.
Ronnie.
franken Plus
13 3.7k 4 Wales
14 Apr 2012 5:10PM
Fantastic set here.

Ken
pluckyfilly Plus
9 350 33 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2012 5:10PM
gorgeous set I might choose V7 for the little and large with the red shank, well done
14 Apr 2012 5:38PM
A fabulous collection you've managed here.

Len
Maiwand Plus
9 3 71 England
14 Apr 2012 6:33PM
Wonderful series Arthur and a very amusing narrative. You saved the best til last IMO- No9 for me please.
Ron
14 Apr 2012 7:39PM
What a wonderful set of shots you have captured Arthur. You also have a great imagination, I only realised this when you voiced thoughts that the NHS has problems TongueGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin. Moira
goso Plus
9 2 1 Australia
14 Apr 2012 9:19PM
A splendid set Arthur ...Bill
15 Apr 2012 11:00AM
An excellent set. I love V9. All are wonderful captures. Well done
carol
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.5k 148 England
15 Apr 2012 1:52PM
A wonderful 'story-board' Arthur. Straight forward shots then the story unfolds. Individually and collectively, a lovely set.

Dave
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
16 Apr 2012 5:25AM
A good sense of scale

Peter
24 Apr 2012 10:17PM
A brilliant detailed set Arthur,lovely write up..Lin
29 Apr 2012 4:42PM
Great set Arthur. Really like v1. Paul
DRicherby Plus
7 269 725 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2012 5:58PM
A nice set and they work very well presented together like this, almost like a little story.

Dave.
TerryMcK Plus
7 71 2 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2012 6:00PM
An excellent selection & an interesting narrative, Arthur.
Terry

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